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What is APA format, and how is it different from MLA format? Dive into the world of APA, investigate how to properly cite resources in-text, and look at a reference list of sources. Intended for higher education, not all of the information is pertinent for middle and high schoolers to learn at this juncture. However, you can cut out certain slides to keep it relevant for your classroom. 
What is the difference between MLA and APA format? This presentation is geared towards a college audience, but it could definitely be useful with an eleventh and twelfth grade audience in high school. Differences are highlighted, but not many actual examples are given. Show this slide with some examples to really drive the point home! 
Display not only the correct style for APA writing, but also the format that a paper would be written in. Plenty of examples are given in this thorough presentation. Makes for a great reference and model.
For the purposes of this video, plagiarism is a criminal offense pursued by the Department of Plagiarism Investigation. Each type of plagiarism is given a catchy name, a creative description, and is demonstrated with a cartoon animation. Although the D.P.I. isn't actually real, the narrator encourages viewers to uphold the ideals of this imaginary department. Extend the lesson with the provided additional materials.
Here is a research assignment for your physical scientists on the history of atomic theory. Pupils look up information by the name of contributing scientists. Designed as a large data table, the page requires learners to write a description of the theory or experiment that was done to develop it, sketch a model representing the theory, and provide a works-cited reference using APA format. This clever assignment familiarizes learners with the work of Dalton, Rutherford, Bohr, and others.
Why are citations necessary in research writing? Help your class perfect their citation skills with this presentation. It introduces citations, different formats (MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.), and gives examples of improperly cited passages. Consider providing your class with a note-taking guide to follow along with the presentation and keep the material easily accessible. 
As a prequel to a research assignment, class members explore writing citations in the modern Language Association (MLA) and American Psychological Association (APA) formats. In pairs, or individually, researchers use books and magazines to create citations on index cards. The cards are then used in a game reinforcing proper citation format.
It's often confusing which word should be used to complete a sentence. Although this worksheet's title insinuates that idioms will be discussed, the practice section is just about using words like to, who, with, as, and that correctly. Pupils identify the correct wording for 19 sentences shown. 
"Conducting Research" is a short presentation that walks secondary students through steps for researching. Plagiarism, style, citing, and creating bibliographies are overviewed. While this is a short slide show, it would be useful to add your own slides to create a more robust presentation. Note: There are few references to book pages that are not referenced that could be pulled out.
What is an annotated bibliography? While not usually required until college, introducing your juniors and seniors to this type of document will prepare them for their collegiate careers. The term is defined, and the three elements of an annotation are explained. 
Here is a phenomenal language arts instructional activity on media literacy for your middle and high schoolers. In it, learners produce a research product in the form of a public service announcement (PSA). First, they view examples of these PSA's to get familiar with them. The worksheets embedded in the plan support your teaching and student learning. Technology is also put to good use in this cross-curricular lesson plan.
Citation tools make citing textual evidence much easier. If your school is looking to compare and contrast its options, consider using this presentation to showcase some of the options currently on the market. Note: This is not a presentation geared towards students. 
What do your pupils think of the state of news casting in the United States? Find out with the materials and plan provided here. The resource includes a journal prompt, several reading selections, an essay prompt, a model essay, a rubric, and a self-assessment. Using Jon Stewart's popularity as a jumping-off point, class members discuss news media and read articles about Jon Stewart. The essay prompt is included; however, you might need to set aside more class time for planning and drafting. The wealth of materials is the strong point of this resource.
Invite your young historians to demonstrate how the American Revolution truly was one crazy ride after another as they design a theme park! This unique and engaging project prompts learners to consider major events leading up to and comprising the Revolutionary War, and to design games, rides, and/or activities that represent the actions and significance of those events. They will then conclude by designing a souvenir, creating a song, or making a map of their new theme park creations!
If you are planning on working on a research paper in your class, take a look at this resource first. Starting off with information about plagiarism, the series of activities briefly described here should give your pupils a general idea of how to write a research paper. While the bulk of the resource is an overview of activities and does not include much detail, there are quite a few useful links to help enrich the instructional activity.
Working in groups of three, teams select a psychological disorder from the provided list, research the disorder, and then craft a brochure (the kind one would find in a doctor's office), a PowerPoint presentation, and create a fractured fairy tale that illustrates the disorder. 
Introduce your high school scholars as to how to use counterclaims in argument writing. Learners explore this skill with collaborative efforts and technology. Together they explore the pros and cons of homework and develop a thesis for their point of view using the ideas developed in class. The next phase has them in the computer lab researching sources for their argument with a recommendation to have the instructor show how to include parenthetical citations, graphs and statistics into their writing. The lesson can be modified for any topic including literary analysis. 
After a class discussion that focuses on what a commercial database is, pupils access a website in order to find the answers to questions on a worksheet embedded in the plan. The answers to the questions are not easy to find, and will challenge even your most talented pupils. Finally, each learner completes a self-evaluation form where they grade themselves on their research skills when using the Internet. A fine and innovative activity!
Debates, games, media portfolios, posters, videos, magazines, and yearbooks are all optional formats for final AP Psychology projects. The specific requirements for each format are detailed in the project packet. A link to suggested topics is provided.
Who done it? Who edited it? Who revised it? How to format citations for authored books, edited books, and revised books are modeled in this short video.

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